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Old 06-27-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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New Tank - Nitrite to Nitrate Stalled?

Hello Ė I am using fishless cycle to get everything ready in my new tank (10g). I am 12 weeks into it and the second stage (Nitrite to Nitrate) is stalling. Ammonia converts to Nitrite fairly quickly (<1 day) but Nitrate conversion is taking forever. In the last four weeks I saw Nitrate spike up couple of times but Nitrite never really dropped. I think it had way too much nitrite, so I changed the water couple of times to got the Nitrite back to 5-7ppm range. I am not seeing Nitrite to Nitrate conversion anymore or may be it is very very slow.

So, my questions are Ė

1. Should I just wait until I see a Nitrate spike again?
2. Should I continue to add Ammonia to make sure that bacteria doesnít starve & die? (Ammonia seems to be converting fast but I am afraid that Nitrite will build up again if add regularly).
3. Anything I can do to help the process move or anyway to check if the process stalled?

Appreciate all the help!
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:46 PM   #2
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U said 12 weeks into the cycle on a 10 gallon normally takes 2-4 weeks imo at most yes is stop dosing if.u have.been dosing that.long let all parms drop to zero do a 20% pwc and add fish
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